Gabby Day at GvA Essen. Bart Hazen

Gabby Day at GvA Essen. © Bart Hazen

BELGIUM – Gabby Day (Renner Custom – Raleigh), due to represent Great Britain at the Cyclocross World Championships this Sunday will not be lining up in Koksijde.

Gabby has battled with a lung infection for the past week, which saw her as a non-starter for the last World Cup in Hoogerheide. The infection has taken a toll on her breathing, leaving her without the form needed to represent Great Britain and Renner Custom – Raleigh.

“Making the hard decision to not race at the World Championships is not something that I took lightly. It was a very hard decision for me. I have built my whole season up to having a great race at worlds and so to not be able to be at my peak and suffer the effects of illness at this time is terrible. Koksijde is a great course for me and I was sure that I could have ridden to a top 10. To go to the biggest race of the year not at peak health and having not ridden my bike for two weeks is not an option”

Gabby is looking to rest up this week with an eye towards finishing the concluding races of the season with some strong results. She lies fifth overall in the GVA series, and is just a few points from fourth position overall. Day said, “I now need to focus on getting myself back to full health so that I can race the last few races in February”.

Gabby Day is currently ranked 19th in the UCI World Standings and finished 10th at the Koksijde World Cup in November on the same course as this weekend’s World Championships.